4 Places to Visit in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country of never-ending activities. There’s plenty of places to explore, wildlife encounters, gorgeous beaches, and many more. Here are some of the must visit places in Costa Rica, if you travel to this rugged Central American country.

4 Must Visit Places in Costa Rica

Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste translates to “light blue river” and one look at this majestic river you can understand why.  Although Costa Rica has many beautiful rivers to discover, however Celeste is the most colourful and grandiose. The river gets its color from the rocks at the bottom of the river that have a coating of minerals that contain aluminum, oxygen and silicon. The river is located inside Tenorio National Park and there are two entrances into the park. The one close to San Rafael de Guatuso is the east entrance and has a rougher access.  The $10 hike will take about 1 hour and you should be prepared for dirt roads if driving by car.

Must Visit Places in Costa Rica: Rio Celeste Falls
Rio Celeste Falls: Photo Bruce Thomson / CC BY-SA 2.0

Manuel Antonio National Park

This well traveled destination is a must when you come to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. The access is easy from San Jose and only 160 km from the airport, this is the reason why so many people make this trip along with the fact that the scenery inside the park is impressive.  The town of Manuel Antonio has many restaurants, hotels and tours plus the beach along the town is a good place to rent a seat and relax.  The entrance to the 700 hectare park costs $16, the white sandy beaches will take your breath away, and you will get a chance to see parakeets, toucans, sloths, monkeys and much more.

Must Visit Places in Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio monkey, Photo by Jason Mueller
Manuel Antonio monkey, Photo by Jason Mueller

Playa Jaco

The things to do in Jaco Beach is the reason why this is on the list as well as the beaches close proximity, being only 85 km from the international airport.  Jaco has many activities such as canopy, Jaco Ropes course, waterfall tours, atv adventure tours, kayaking, crocodile tours, white water rafting and more.  Jaco is well know as being a good place to party with many bars and if your looking for a Costa Rica bachelor party then Jaco is a great place to go.  It is now known as the closest beach town to San Jose since the new Hwy 27 opened in 2009.

Must Visit Places in Costa Rica: Jaco, Photo by Jason Mueller
Jaco, Photo by Jason Mueller

Cerro Chirripó

Chirripó National Park is just one of those less traveled locations in Costa Rica. The trail head to the hike is located just up from the small town of San Gerardo de Rivas  about 20 km from the city of San Isidro de General.  There are two ways to get to San Isidro, the fastest way from San Jose is to take the 140 km back route #2 but the roads are very windy so the trip will take about 3 hours but the views will be worth it.  The second way with better road conditions is to travel along the Pacific coast from Jaco the drive to San Isidro will take about 2 hours and 15 minutes (140 km).

Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

The terrain between San Isidro and the trail head is astonishing, you will find several rivers derived from natural springs and just above the trailhead, there is Cloudbridge Nature Reserve that offers a less challenging hike with many waterfalls.  The hike up to Costa Rica’s tallest peak of Chirripó at 12,533 feet will be steep, challenge and you will gain almost 10,000 feet of elevation.  Camping is not allowed but there is a hut just below the summit to spend the night but you need to obtain a permit in advance just to do the hike.

Must Visit Places in Costa Rica: Below Chirripó, Photo by Jason Mueller
Below Chirripó, Photo by Jason Mueller

About Jason Mueller

Website: http://www.jacoropes.com

Jason is a hard working Canadian entrepreneur currently living in Costa Rica who lives to travel and meet new people. When he is not behind the screen of a computer working you can find him out on an adventure somewhere.

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